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Re: beam splice - full pen weld requirements

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>If I get the welds tested, is
>anything else to worry about?  I know that it is
>better to have a certified welder, but if I plan on
>testing the welds, is this required or just a good
>idea to make up for any shortcomings in the testing?

Better to use a certified welder. You can't test quality into a weld. 
Testing won't pick up non-ductile welds, either. Using a certified welder 
and correct procedures will also lessen the chances that you have 
procedure-related defects to fix, if your testing finds them.

Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant from
chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)